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About the University

The University of Melbourne aims to be ‘one of the finest Universities in the world’. Just over 150 years ago, the University of Melbourne was founded to offer degrees to students in an intimate setting, at a standard that would match that of Oxford. Adopting the goddess Nike as its symbol and a poet’s promise to ‘grow in the esteem of future generations’ the University aspired to compete and contribute in equal measure. In subsequent decades the University embraced research, community outreach, public service and cultural activities consistent with its character as a public institution.